Ottawa mayor wants to sell confiscated Freedom Convoy trucks
"I don't want the return to these people who've been causing such frustration and angst in our community," the mayor said.
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Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson said he wants to use the Emergencies Act to sell the trucks seized from Canadian Freedom Convoy protesters.
The weeks-long protest against COVID-19 mandates came to an end in Canada's capital on Sunday as police towed away more than 70 vehicles and arrested nearly 200 people, Fortune reported.
"We actually have the ability to confiscate those vehicles and sell them," Watson told Canadian public media CBC News on Saturday. He claimed Ottawa has the power to sell the confiscated vehicles under the Emergencies Act which was invoked for the first time ever by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last week.
"And I want to see them sold. I don't want the return to these people who've been causing such frustration and angst in our community," he said.
The mayor said the since-cleared protestors have been "taunting police, being completely irresponsible, and don't want to seem to leave."
Despite the convoy having been cleared out, Trudeau won support from the House of Commons on Monday to continue using the Emergencies Act.
Canadian officials threatened last week to seize protester's pets if the owners could not care for the animals "as a result of enforcement actions."
The People's Convoy, modeled off of the Freedom Convoy, plans to be in Washington, D.C., by March 5.
"We cannot have what's happening in Canada happen here, and it absolutely could," convoy co-organizer Maureen Steele told "Just the News" show. "We need to dial [mandates] back."